Cats at Work

If it weren't for cats, nothing would get done around here. Possibly I have snow sickness because all I want to do is wrap up in quilts and sleep. It wouldn't be fair to say I did nothing yesterday because I did some housework. You know it's bad, though, when quilting takes a back seat to housework. Sadie was there early to help out.

Pawssibly you need a black cat for your quilt?

Once I got started making more spiderwebs, my motivation increased.

I was having a frustrating problem with the top thread breaking every time I started sewing away from myself, moving the quilt toward me. It happened in the same way and at the same place every time. Changing the needle didn't help, and so I adjusted the top tension just a smidge. After that, the problem went away. It's a relief because that was going to drive me crazy. By day's end, I had five spiderwebs finished. If memory serves, there are 7 more whole squares and 12 half squares to do.

Part of what is holding me back with this quilt is deciding what to stitch in the nine-patches. Now I've made a decision, and I'm keeping it simple. There should be time to get a start on it this afternoon.

Before going upstairs to work on this yesterday, Smitty and I took a nap together. When I got up, I covered him up with the quilt. When I came back downstairs more than an hour later, he was still there. Napping is one of a cat's most important jobs.

Feeling fully refreshed, he took time out of his busy day to assert his alpha male dominance over Mike.

Sadie thinks this whole illusion he has about dominance is pretty silly, and so she just kept focused on the news.

It's impurrtant to keep abreast of current events.

At bedtime, it's the same ritual. Sadie at the bottom of the stairs, threatening to come up. Smitty at the top of the stairs entertaining the delusion that he has any control over Sadie's movements.

Today I'll be doing laundry, and I'll get out to do some grocery shopping. It has been raining steadily for at least 12 hours, and so I'm confident any remnants of snow have been washed away in the deluge. It's easy to love the snow here because it almost never lasts very long.

7 comments from clever and witty friends:

djquilting said...

Loved those snow pictures while it lasted. Glad you resolved the thread breaking issue. Sometimes the smallest twist of the knob can correct the tension. Hocuspocusville looking good...I'm sure the furbabies helped you.

Julierose said...

23 degrees, snowing to beat the band, windchill is 16 needless to say we are inside for the duration.
Hocuspocusville is looking really neat--love those spider webs...I was able to hand quilt a bit on my Pomegranates --only 2.5 more corners to quilt and it's quilted...hugs, Julierose

piecefulwendy said...

On the other hand, I think we're all feeling this snow will never leave. It always does, eventually. I'm getting out of the house today for a change of scenery. My mojo has left the building, so I better go find it. Coffee with a friend should do the trick. Wilbur has his alpha dominance thing down pretty well too, and then he caves like a marshmallow and tucks his face under my chin. What's not to like about that? You're making good progress on Hocus Pocus. Do you hear from Matthew while he's gone?

mangozz said...

Tension problems are infuriating. It takes me forever to adjust it just right and I don't have a lot of patience with it. That spiderweb quilting looks great!

Brown Family said...

Another embroidery project complete!I am sure there is something awesome waiting in the wings! Spiderwebs are looking good!

quiltzyx said...

The spider webs looks fabulous! I'm glad Sadie was there for back-up, just in case.

Lyndsey said...

I love the spiders web quilting you've done on the blocks.